Exciting opportunity for a newly qualified Band 7 Clinical Psychologist or an established Band 8A to join our hardworking, compassionate and flexible multi-disciplinary Starfish LD CAMHS Team based within an Outstanding CQC rated NHS Trust.
The team delivers a countywide service offering assessment and intervention for children and young people aged 5-18 with a diagnosed learning disability who are experiencing significant behavioural and/or mental health difficulties.
We are expanding our psychology provision and have two full-time posts available, covering Central and West, or Central and East localities (base is negotiable)
You will deliver psychologically informed practice including assessment, formulation and intervention.
You will have access to individual and peer supervision, plus weekly meetings to review psychology input across the service.
There will be opportunities to contribute to the supervision, teaching and training of other professionals within the team.
We work in close collaboration with the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of East Anglia and part of the role will include the opportunity to attend further training on the supervision of UEA Clinical Psychology Trainees and offer supervised placements.
You will utilise your research skills for audit, policy and service development, and dissemination of appropriate research evidence.
Main duties of the job
Your role will be varied and will include a range of assessment, formulation, and intervention skills. This will include direct and indirect work with the children and young people that we support, as well as their families and the professional networks involved in their care.
Your role will include bringing a psychologically informed perspective through consultation to the clinical team and external agencies.
You will work closely with the other Clinical Psychologists and Psychological Therapies Practitioners in the team to continue to support and develop psychological practice across the service. There will be opportunities to contribute to the supervision, teaching and training of other professionals within the team.
You will utilise your research skills for audit, policy and service development, and dissemination of appropriate research evidence. Further involvement in research can also be supported where appropriate to the needs of the service.
We work in close collaboration with the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of East Anglia and part of your role will include the opportunity to attend further training on the supervision of UEA Clinical Psychology Trainees and offer supervised placements.
Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title.
Job description Job responsibilities
To provide a qualified clinical psychology service to clients of the learning disability and development integrated teams with Learning Disabilities who have complex and challenging needs)/
To provide specialist psychological assessment, formulation and intervention at the same time as offering advice and consultation on the psychological care of children and young people to non-psychologist colleagues and to other nonprofessional carers.
To act as lead specialist within the team on matters relating to psychology, cognitive impairment and learning, challenging behaviour and psychological approaches in mental health in children with learning disabilities.
To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of each teams policies and procedures.
To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the teams.
Person Specification Experience Essential
- Experience of specialist psychological assessment of children and young people
- Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
- Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan
- Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care
- Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different contexts
- Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a specialist clinical psychologist or an alternative agreed by the Head of Speciality
- Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
- Experience of working within a multicultural framework
- Experience in the processes for safeguarding vulnerable children
- Experience in assessment and process for Domestic Violence
Skills, Ability & Knowledge Essential
- Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment
- Skills in family work, individual and group work and in programme planning
- Planning and organising skills for caseload management
- Skills in self-management, including time management
- Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
- Good understanding of other professionals' theoretical perspectives of children and young people.
- Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance, including regular supervision
- Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group
- Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
- Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology
- Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS
- Ability to teach and train others using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public
- Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in children with autistic spectrum disorders
- Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
- Knowledge of safe guarding children and The Children's Act 2004.
- Able to drive and access to vehicle
- Able to speak English Language
- Enhanced DBS check
- To implement Norfolk Steps physical interventions
- Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence.
- Training in the supervision of clinical psychologists (inc. trainees)
- Chartered Clinical Psychologist
- Training in diagnostic assessment of Austic Spectrum Disorders e.g. DISCO, ADOS & ADI).
Personal Attributes Essential
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Able to contain and work with high levels of distress from children and their families
- Able to contain and work with organisational stress
- Interpersonally calm and able to defuse difficult, volatile situations
- Able to tolerate ambiguity and to take decisions in situations of incomplete information.
- Ability to exercise appropriate levels of self-care
- Good organisational skills
- Motivated towards personal and professional development with a strong CPD record
- Able to identify with the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people
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